Solomon, Charles, 1889-1963

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Charles Solomon (1889-1963), a socialist, was born on New York City's lower East side of immigrant Jewish parents. He practiced labor law, joined the Socialist Party in 1910, and was elected to the New York State Assembly on the Socialist Party line in 1919. He was one of five such assemblymen refused their seats by the New York State Legislature that year. In 1920 he was again elected, and seated. He later ran unsuccessfully as a Socialist candidate for governor, senator, and New York City mayor. Solomon served as a New York City magistrate (1936-1945, 1950-1959). In 1936 he left the Socialist Party to help found the Social Democratic Federation and the American Labor Party. Later, in 1944, he led the exodus of Socialists and trade unionists from the ALP and helped to found the Liberal Party.

From the description of Charles Solomon photographs [graphic]. 1935-1960. (New York University). WorldCat record id: 83492810

Charles Solomon (1889-1963) was born on New York City's Lower East Side of immigrant Jewish parents. He practiced labor law, and following his appointment, in 1936 by New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, served for almost twenty years as a judge. Solomon joined the Socialist Party in 1910 and then ran repeatedly for public office. In 1919, he and four other Socialists were elected to the New York State Assembly, but because of the Red Scare, they were all denied their seats. Solomon finally took his seat in November of 1920. Although he ran for a range of positions including Governor, United States senator, and Mayor of New York City, Solomon never won another election. In 1936 he left the Socialist Party to help found the Social Democratic Federation and the American Labor Party (ALP). Later, in 1944, he led the exodus of Socialists and trade unionists from the ALP and helped to found the Liberal Party.

From the guide to the Charles Solomon Photographs, 1935-1960, (Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive)

Charles Solomon was a socialist, a New York State Assemblyman (1919-1921) and a New York City magistrate (1936-1945, 1950-1959). He was one of five assemblymen expelled by the New York State Legislature in 1920 for being a Socialist. He was re-elected that same year. He later ran unsuccessfully as a Socialist candidate for governor, senator, and New York City mayor before joining the Liberal Party.

From the description of Papers, 1916-1962. (New York University). WorldCat record id: 478730127

From the guide to the Charles Solomon Papers, 1916-1962, (Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives)

From the guide to the Charles Solomon Papers, 1916-1962, (Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Solomon, Charles, 1889-1963. Charles Solomon photographs [graphic]. Churchill County Museum
referencedIn New York (State). Legislature. Joint Legislative Committee to Investigate Seditious Activities. Mass meetings investigation files, 1918-1920. New York State Archives
creatorOf Solomon, Charles, 1889-1963. Papers, 1916-1962. Churchill County Museum
creatorOf Charles Solomon Papers, 1916-1962 Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn Meyer London Photographs, 1926-1959 Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives Labor and Radicalism Photograph Collection, Bulk, 1940-1965, 1860-1985 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
creatorOf Charles Solomon Photographs, 1935-1960 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
referencedIn Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives,. Tamiment Library general photograph collection [graphic]. Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Socialist Aldermen Papers, 1917-1920 Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn Socialist Assemblymen Papers, 1920 Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn Meyer London Photographs, 1926-1959 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
referencedIn Socialist Assemblymen, Papers, 1920. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
creatorOf Charles Solomon Papers, 1916-1962 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
referencedIn London, Meyer, 1871-1926. Meyer London photographs [graphic]. New-York Historical Society
referencedIn Socialist Party Correspondence, 1902-1947 Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
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associatedWith Avrutin, Harry person
associatedWith Avrutin, Harry person
associatedWith Cahan, Abraham, 1860-1951 person
associatedWith Claessens, August, 1885-1954 person
associatedWith Dewey, John, 1859-1952 person
associatedWith De Witt, S. A. (Samuel Aaron), 1891- person
associatedWith Dubinsky, David, 1892-1982 person
associatedWith Goldberg, Louis P. (Louis Palatnik), b. 1888 person
associatedWith Hillquit, Morris, 1869-1933. person
associatedWith International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. corporateBody
associatedWith International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. All Star Baseball Team. corporateBody
associatedWith La Guardia, Fiorello H. (Fiorello Henry), 1882-1947 person
associatedWith Laidler, Harry Wellington, 1884-1970. person
associatedWith Lee, Algernon person
associatedWith Lee, Algernon 1873-1954 person
associatedWith London, Meyer, 1871-1926. person
associatedWith Nearing, Scott, 1883-1983. person
associatedWith New York (State). Legislature. Joint Legislative Committee to Investigate Seditious Activities. corporateBody
associatedWith Orr, Samuel, 1890- person
associatedWith Paige, Myles person
associatedWith Paige, Myles, person
associatedWith Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. corporateBody
associatedWith Socialist Party (U.S.). corporateBody
associatedWith Tamiment Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, corporateBody
associatedWith Thomas, Norman, 1884-1968 person
associatedWith Vladeck, B. (Baruch), 1886-1938 person
associatedWith Waldman, Louis, b. 1892 person
associatedWith Wise, Stephen S. (Stephen Samuel), 1874-1949 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
New York (N.Y.) |x Politics and government |y 20th century.
New York (State)--New York
United States
New York (N.Y.) |x Politics and government |y 20th century.
United States
New York (N.Y.)
Subject
Jewish socialists--United States
Socialism
Socialism--United States
Socialism--New York (State)--New York
Socialists--New York (State)--New York
Socialists--Portraits
Legal assistance to prisoners--United States
Socialists--United States--Portraits
Legal assistance to prisoners
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Birth 1889

Death 1963

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